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Crash Land on Kurai (The Hikoboshi Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B073G9QM78
- Publisher : Onigiri Press (July 18, 2017)
- Publication date : July 18, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1968 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,938 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Yumi is a journalist. Her job is to record and report on the mission her people are on to travel to their sister colony after generations of separation, and reconnect with them. Things do not go as planned, and their ship crashes in the harsh territory of the colony's nearby moon. As Yumi and the crash survivors struggle to survive in their new environment, they are beset on all sides. Action packed, this book starts with a bang and doesn't stop. Yumi has to feel out who is friend and who is foe among the new people she is meeting. Not only her own life, but those of all of her shipmates hang in the balance. I read it in two days, and only because I had to put it down to go to work. Just a really refreshing read in a genre that has become dominated with military SF lately (which I love!) This was a nice change, and I am really looking forward to the rest of the series.
That is journalist Yumi Minamoto, who has a "hot temper" but really just seems spoiled and irresponsible. She's young though, which is the trivial excuse for a lot of her petulant behavior, and it's an excuse I couldn't get behind. Worse was the haphazard application of any scientific framework to hold the narrative together. Or the economic system she finds herself dropped into. There is a lot of deus ex machina going on, which is frustrating, but I guess the true nature of this series is 'Hikoboshi Space Opera Romance Series'. I'm okay with that, but not when it's done badly. And the stereotypical Japanese cultural items were sometimes cringe-worthy, with no explanation as to why they would persist across generations in a technological society on a different planet. Actually, make that two planets! I don't mind other cultures, they make a nice change from the USA-centric genre, but I've just finished Künsken's "The House of Styx" which has French-Canadian derivations and it's considerably more sophisticated in use of language, cultural representations, and consequences of heritage than "Crash Land on Kurai". (Even the novel's name is a head shake. 'Crash-land' is the accepted spelling, the words are causally linked.)
So, should you buy it? Well, if you're a crusty hard sci-fi fan like me with a lot of books under your belt, probably not. But if you're keen on romance over science or still find Robert Heinlein's novels fantastically engaging, you will likely enjoy this.